Three or more Postdoc positions at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy


The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA) at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University invites applications for three or more postdoctoral positions. The call is open for general applications in the research areas of the Centre, as well as for a specific research project on scientific elites.

The expected starting date is December 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The duration for the positions can vary from 3-4 years.  

Job description
The position as postdoctoral researcher is a fixed-term academic research position. As part of small, interdisciplinary project teams, each postdoc position will cover a variety of tasks including both research design, data collection, analysis and dissemination. The selected candidates will also be expected to contribute substantially to publications, both as first and secondary authors. The position does not include teaching obligations.

CFA invites applications for the following positions:

Postdoctoral researcher under the “Scientific elites” project
The position under the “Scientific elites” project is funded by the Independent Research Foundation Denmark (DFF), and led by Senior Researcher Jens Peter Andersen. The successful applicant will closely collaborate with the PI as well as team members from University of Copenhagen. The project seeks to combine bibliometric research with sociology of science in an effort to increase our understanding of the characteristics of scientific elites, how they are created and how they maintain their positions of power in the academic system.

Interested applicants can read more on the project homepage: The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in other research activities at CFA.

General positions as postdoctoral researcher at CFA
General postdocs at CFA will typically be linked to a specific research project as their primary responsibility, but will also be expected to participate in other research activities at CFA. Among the relevant projects are:

  • Prosecon” (Promoting the socio-economic impact of research – the role of funding practices) is a comparative study of the effects of research funding instruments with the intent to promote socio-economic impact. The project is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
  • Villum Experiment – a study of the effects of blinded peer review” explores the outcomes of  a novel grant form that seeks to promote unorthodox and innovative research projects. Through an interview study and quantitative analysis, the project will focus on the selection process, how the research was carried out, and the results of the research. The project is funded by the Villum Foundation.
  • Hybrida” is an EU Horizon 2020 project that will address how conceptual, methodological and regulatory uncertainties arise in organoid research and will develop a conceptual and regulatory framework develop a comprehensive regulatory framework for organoid research and organoid-related technologies. The project includes workshops and individual and focus group interviews to map and analyse stakeholder concerns across different social contexts and societal groups.
  • The “BioMedical Design” Novo Nordisk Foundation Fellowship Programme is a novel training scheme aimed at developing future leaders of healthcare innovation across professions, fields and sectors. The project will study effects and outcomes of the fellowship programme through in-depth interviews, participant observation and questionnaire surveys.

Your qualifications
We seek applicants with expertise within the areas of sociology, economics, management, information science, education, political science, network science or related fields. A PhD in social science or related areas is required. We expect the candidates to have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English, and an ability to produce state-of-the art social-science research.

In addition to a CV and proof of PhD degree (or the near completion of a PhD degree), interested applicants should provide a 1-2 page application letter motivating why they are interested in the position and how they can contribute to specific research project(s) and CFA’s research activities in general. Please also specify whether you are specifically interested in one of the positions or are applying for both.

Who are we
The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy is part of the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University.

Research at The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy is broadly concerned with empirical studies related to research policy, innovation policy, and higher-education policy. The current research portfolio at CFA includes projects on innovation, quality in research and higher education, research funding, research integrity, gender in science, and responsible research and innovation.
For examples of current research and consultancy activities, please click here.

Further information
Applicants are welcome to contact Center Director Carter Bloch per email: [email protected] and Senior Researcher Jens Peter Andersen per email: [email protected] prior to submitting their application to learn more about the positions.

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Anne Arnfeldt Källberg, Tel.: +45 8715 3631, Email: [email protected]

Place of work
Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
International applicant? 
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here:

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here:

Terms of employment
The appointment is made in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
  • Education (diploma for master’s, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
  • List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
  • Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant’s share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. Please use this template
  • Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.


Deadline: Thursday 10 Sep 2020 at 23:59 CEST

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